having fun in ministry

Why we have fun in Youth Ministry

Last night, our Jr. High Ministry had one of the most fun events I have done in 10 years of ministry. We gave a talk at the end that wrapped up our last summer series and gave the gospel, but outside of those 20 minutes, it was just a time of fun. We had triple…

Youth Ministry Game – Dumbo March

This game may be nothing new, but I gave some students the challenge last week of going into walk-mart and making up a game based on things they found. What they found was golf-club tubes, the things that go into your golf bag and keep your clubs organized, and decided to make a game with…

Why We Don’t Do Gross Games in Youth Group

“Pickled pigs feet.”  “Blended Happy Meals.”  “Live goldfish.”  “Cat food.”  What do these things have in common, you might ask.  They are all the answer to a recent question in our YouthMin Facebook group – “What is something really gross that you have had a kid eat as a challenge during a game?” Having grown…

Wacky Words – Group Game

If you’re like me, you are always looking for a great up-front game that is flexible for any group size, easy to use and explain, and fun for everyone.  Sometimes, games like that are hard to come by.  So, we decided to create our own one evening, and Wacky Words was born. Wacky Words is…

The Battle Room – Youth Ministry games

Growing up, I loved reading the book Ender’s Game, and I was thrilled when the movie came out this laster year. One of the key components that every reader loved about the book is the Battle Room, where armies practiced battle strategy in what can only be described as the greatest laser tag ever. So this…

Youth Ministry Game – Schism

Schism is a great Youth Ministry game for groups of at least 8. What is awesome about it is that even the students who prefer to just sit to the side and not participate in active games can have fun with this game, because its not as much about athletic ability as it is about…

Youth Group Game: Moose Moose

Here is a game we’ve been playing in our ministry for years, and is always a crowd favorite yet requires no materials and nothing to set up. The hardest part of the game is getting students to fully understand it. Moose Moose is played with everyone sitting in a circle. Choose one player to be…

Youth Group Game: Heads Up!

The other day I stumbled onto a great game that is PERFECT for small groups. We played it at our Leaders party this past week and they all loved it, but I know students will have a blast with it as well. It essentially takes reverse charades and does all the work for you! This…

Youth group game: Peanut Butter Pong

This is a really easy game to play and fairly easy to set up. You’ll just need a cheap loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter. The way we play is with two teams going against each other, and this requires twenty slices of bread with peanut butter spread on them. You could play…